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CULP 2018-013

Feb. 3, 2018

VDOT urges delay of non-essential travel, extra caution for those who must drive

CULPEPER — Motorists should anticipate snow-covered or icy roads across central Virginia Sunday morning due to a wintry mix of snow, freezing rain and rain that is expected to reach the region before dawn and continue into the afternoon.

Pavement temperatures will be below freezing early Sunday so any rain that falls will likely freeze on the surface, especially on bridges and overpasses as well as lightly traveled secondary routes and roads at higher elevations near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation be on duty overnight in anticipation of the early morning start of the storm. Once it begins they will use salt and sand to help melt the ice and improve traction and plow if there is sufficient accumulation of snow.

VDOT urges motorists to delay non-essential travel until temperatures warm later on Sunday.

Those who must travel should reduce speed, increase following distance and use VDOT’s free 511 tools before leaving to find out about know road conditions along the route.

 Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at Local updates are posted to

VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.


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